In the past five years, concrete countertops have become more popular as homeowners seek attractive and durable countertops for their kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, kitchen remodeling is going through an anti pre-fab and manufactured design trend. The more one-of-a-kind, the more sought after by homeowners. With granite considered too ordinary, concrete countertops provide a fantastic option for customized countertops that still have a quarried look. Everything about concrete countertops is customizable, from the size and shape to the color, thickness, edging and method of casting.
There are other benefits to installing concrete countertops:
Durability - They resist all types of damage including chipping, cracking and scratching.
Simple maintenance - Concrete countertops need to be re-sealed once a year. Waxing, which is optional, can enhance the natural smoothness of the concrete.
Endless design options - The options are truly infinite. Concrete countertop artisans can add small objects to the countertop, such as glass chips or sparkles. Homeowners can also choose to include an embedded soap dish or an integral sink. Integral sinks are designed within the countertop.
Eco-friendly - Concrete is a widely available and renewable resource, which makes it the preferred choice for homeowners seeking an eco-friendly countertop option. Many stone countertops contain petroleum-based plastics or non-renewable quarried stone.
Pre-Cast or On-Site
Concrete countertops are either formed at your home or at the concrete contractor's shop. Most concrete countertops are formed at a shop and then delivered for installation. For larger projects, the transporting of the tops could end up adding too many additional costs. Damage is also a concern when transporting larger concrete countertops. Countertops poured on-site can create a long, seamless concrete countertop. If you prefer a seamless appearance, then consider on-site casting. Otherwise, spare yourself the mess and have it formed at the shop.
Good things come with a good (i.e high) price tag. Expect to pay $65-$100 per square foot of concrete countertop. Concrete countertops can increase the resale value of your home, and they have a lifespan of over 20 years. Concrete countertops are expensive because they are formed by skilled craftspeople. The process is labor intensive and the installation takes longer than for other countertops. According to costhelper.com, the total cost for concrete countertops in a typical kitchen of 200 square feet overall, with 30 linear feet (approximately 90 square feet) of countertops is $5,400 -$9,000. Keep in mind that the total cost will vary greatly according thickness, complexity of design and other customized details.
The bottom line is: If you are looking for a handcrafted countertop designed to your specifications, then choose concrete countertops. They will express your style and individuality like no other durable countertop - and they create a great conversation piece in your kitchen.
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